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2010 - 2020: All The Triumphs, Trophies And Tears From This Decade In Sport

There is nothing like the emotion of sport.

The thrill of a win, the disappointment of a loss and the heartbreak of scandal.

We have seen the highs of miracle wins and Aussie world number ones, as well as the lows of doping and corruption.

Here's the decade that was in sport.

The Lows

Tiger Woods

In February 2010, golfing great Tiger Woods appeared on television to admit his infidelity to then-wife Elin Nordegren.

The appearance came months after his extra-marital affairs were revealed and after he crashed his car outside his home.

A study by the University of California found that the scandal cost the shareholders of Woods' sponsors up to $12 billion in losses.

Oscar Pistorius Jailed For Murder

In 2012, South African runner Oscar Pistorius became the first double-leg amputee to compete in the Olympic Games.

Less than a year later, he had been arrested for the shooting murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was originally found guilty for culpable homicide, which was later overturned and he was convicted for murder. After a second appeal by prosecutors, Pistorius was sentenced to 13 years in jail, and will be eligible for parole in 2023.

Oscar Pistorius is serving 13 years for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Image: Getty

Lance Armstrong Admits To Doping

In 2013, Lance Armstrong sat before Oprah Winfrey and publicly admitted for the first time he had doped to win seven of his Tour de France titles.

For years, the cyclist had spun a web of lies to cover up his use of erythropoietin, diuretics and human growth hormone during his career, and falsified documents to prove he had passed drug tests.

Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping in a 2013 interview with Oprah. Image: Getty

Phil Hughes' Tragic Death 

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes was struck in the back of the neck in a tragic accident during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in November 2014.

Three days later, the sporting world mourned when the news broke the much-loved player had died.

Phil Hughes, 63 not out. Image: Getty

FIFA Corruption Scandal

In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed FIFA executives had received US$150 million (AU$217 million) in bribes over a two-decade period.

There was also questions asked about the legitimacy of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups being awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter was elected to a fifth term two days after 14 executives were arrested, but stepped down three days later claiming FIFA needed an overhaul.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia speaks as FIFA President Blatter looks on during the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Image: Getty.

Australian Cricket Sandpapergate

The Baggy Green was brought into disrepute after team captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were caught tampering with the ball during a Test match in South Africa.

The infamous footage of Bancroft shoving sandpaper into his pants was beamed around the world, and Australian cricket as we knew it fell apart.

Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension, while Smith and Warner were hit with 12-month suspensions.

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U.S. Gymanastics Sexual Assault Scandal

In 2018, former U.S. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting more than 250 women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.

During his sentencing trial, survivors faced him one by one to tell their stories. Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in jail for possessing child pornography and will serve a 40-to-175 year sentence for the sexual assault and molestation of 265 women and girls.

Over 100 survivors were honoured with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards later that year, and received a standing ovation for their bravery to come forward.

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Serena Williams Cartoon

A cartoon was posted in the Herald Sun depicted Serena Williams with exaggerated lips and throwing a tantrum after her loss at the U.S. Open in 2019.

The cartoon also showed Naomi Osaka -- who is of Haitian and Japanese parentage -- as a slender blonde woman in the background.

The cartoon by Mark Knight faced enormous global backlash, but was cleared of racism by the Australian Press Council.

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The Highs

Australia's AFC Asian Cup Glory

The Matildas began Australia's Asian trophy success in 2010 when they won the AFC Asian Cup in China. Sam Kerr, then just 16 years old, scored her first international goal in the final against North Korea, and the Aussies went on to win on penalties.

Five years later, the men lifted their first AFC Asian Cup, doing so on home soil. The Socceroos beat South Korea 2-1 in the final in front of a sold-out ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

The Matildas began Australia's success in Asia in 2010. Image: AP

Michael Phelps Becomes Most Decorated Olympian

At the 2012 London Olympics, U.S. swimming superhuman Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever in any sport.

By the time he retired at the end of Rio 2016, he had won 28 Olympic medals, 23 of those being gold.

Michael Phelps shows off his medals from Rio 2016. Image: Getty

Leicester City's Miracle Premier League Win

Leicester City F.C. did the unthinkable by winning the 2015/16 season of the English Premier League.

Fans started believing when the Foxes went into Christmas on top of the table, but few could imagine the 10 point margin they would finish the season with.

The 5000-1 miracle. Image: Getty

Diamonds Domination 

The Australian netball team had a run of world domination during the 2010s.

Winning the World Cups in 2011 and 2015 (and 2007 to make it three in a row) as well as the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, made the Diamonds almost untouchable.

Three-in-row World Champions. Image: Getty

Jeff Horn Becomes WBO Welterweight Champion

In July 2017, Brisbane boxer Jeff Horn took on Filipino Manny Pacquiao for the WBO Welterweight Title in front of a packed Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The Hornet won the bout in a controversial unanimous decision, with the three judges scoring it 117–111, 115–113, 115–113. ESPN claimed it was the most-watched boxing match on cable in history.

Jeff Horn belted his rival. Image: Getty

Brownlee Brothers Marathon Moment

Sometimes family bond is more important than winning, and that was the case with the British Brownlee Brothers.

Alistair, who was in with a chance to win the final race of the 2016 World Triathlon Series in Mexico, gave up the lead to help his brother Jonathan, who was struggling to continue.

The pair crossed the line arm-in-arm, coming in second and third.

Ash Barty Goes Number One

The Barty Party went to new heights in 2019. After a maiden Grand Slam win at the French Open in 2019, Barty then went on to become the world number one and win the WTA Finals. She was also crowned the WTA Player of the Year for 2019.

Not bad for a woman who took a year off tennis to play professional cricket.

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Nike Signs Deal With Colin Kaepernick

Former NFL quarterback became the leading voice for inequality in the U.S. when he famously took a knee during the national anthem in 2016.

In September 2018, Nike launched a new campaign featuring Kaepernick with the slogan "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything".

Despite angry people taking to social media to buy their Nike gear, the sports brand's stocks rocketed to an all-time high.

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Tiger Woods' comeback

It's taken nearly a decade for Woods' comeback to be complete, hampered by four back surgeries.

In April 2019, Woods claimed his fifth Masters title and at the end of the year lead the U.S. Team to win the Presidents Club.

We head into the new decade with a full sporting calendar and Tokyo 2020 to look forward to in July.

10 daily hopes there are more highs than lows for all your favourite teams and athletes!